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Acquia Hosting: Our Expert Opinion

Acquia Hosting Offering Drupal optimized hosting, site building tools, management tools, and training, Acquia is a full-service solution for Drupal developers.

Support

Acquia offers several self help options, such as webinars and ebooks. However, technical support must be purchased as an Acquia Network subscription. The extent of support is dependant upon which plan you choose. Online forums, self help, and how-to libraries are available with all Network plans.

Features

In addition to Acquia Cloud hosting and Acquia Network support, you may choose to add any of these extra solutions to your plan.
  • Acquia Cloud Site Factory for creating and managing multiple site deployments
  • Acquia Lift marketing tools, such as segmenting and testing
  • Acquia Commerce Cloud; a powerful e-commerce suite
  • Professional services; workshops, trainings, audits
  • Acquia Learning Services; Drupal and Acquia training, Acquia certifications

Acquia Cloud

A fully scalable hosting package with robust feature options.
  • Choose up to 26 central processing units (CPU) with up to 68.4 GB of random access memory (RAM)
  • Free trial
  • Choose up to 1000 GB storage
  • Pre-configured for Drupal
  • Separate development, testing, and production environments
  • Drag-and-drop code deployment interface
  • Full support for multiple sites
  • Automatic nightly backups
  • One-click backups and restores
  • On demand server elasticity (with Enterprise)
  • Shared load balancer
  • Dedicated load balancer (with Enterprise)
  • Memcache
  • OpCode caching
  • Varnish page caching
  • 99.95 percent uptime service level agreement (SLA) (with Enterprise)
  • Multiple datacenter failover (with Enterprise)
  • Automated monitoring
  • Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) compliance
  • Secure Shell (SSH) access
  • Video encoding support
  • One-click site import and export
  • Drupal performance audits and security audits available

Acquia Network

Subscription-base support for Acquia products
  • Five levels of support: Free (for trial period), Developer, Professional, Pro Plus, and Enterprise
  • Online forum access
  • Ticketing; limited with Professional and Pro Plus, unlimited* with Enterprise
  • Email and telephone; limited with Pro Plus, unlimited* with Enterprise
  • 24/7 critical ticketing with Pro Plus, unlimited* with Enterprise
  • Module updates and security patches (with Enterprise)
  • Acquia Insight and SEO Grader
  • Acquia Search with up to 10 million queries per year and 250,000 documents indexed, depending on plan chosen
  • Mollom spam and content monitoring
  • Acquia library
  • Drupalize.me video training; 1 seat with Professional or Pro Plus, 5 seats with Enterprise
  • Build a Module video training; 1 seat with Professional or Pro Plus, 5 seats with Enterprise

Pros

  • Free plan to try out
  • Customizable solutions
  • Training for all solutions
  • Choice in levels of support

Cons

  • Support requires a paid subscription
  • Training costs extra
  • Plans require some technical know-how

The Verdict

Drupal developers and IT departments deploying Drupal sites will likely find what they need with Acquia. The hosting plans are scalable, so you can get the features you need without paying for things you won’t use. The available training is perfect for IT departments and individuals to take back the knowledge needed to make the most of what Acquia has to offer. The optional packages let you add on tools specialized for your industry and needs. These tools go beyond simple site hosting to help your business in the most important areas, such as marketing.

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